Soroptimist International of Barbados celebrated 50 years this week with President Sisporansa Stanford noting that they were still hoping to open their village for the elderly more often.
Speaking before an audience that included Lady Belgrave, wife of Governor General Sir Eliott Belgrave, patron Senator Frances Chandler and President of Soroptimist Great Britain and Ireland, Pat Black, Stanford noted that the Soroptimist Village, which has become a model, was constructed on 2.4 acres.
She said: “The dream of the women of Soroptimist of the past continues in the work of Soroptimists today. It is our objective to open the centre for five days a week, catering to a greater number of persons, to develop superior service capabilities for our senior, including having a trained programme coordinator to organise mental and physical activities, as well as to provide basic health checks.”
The president said they were also endeavouring to have an increased number of talks and workshops, geared towards maximising “the twilight moment of elderly women”.
She told fellow Soroptimists that they should consider it a privilege to make a difference in the community and be blessed to leave their footprints where they have served.
In her remarks, Black praised the local club for the recent opening of a youth facility which she said she believed would assist a lot of young people to engage with the values of the Soroptimist.
The village for the elderly, she added, had fit well into her theme for the year which was to turn vision into action, something local members had done well and further encouraged them to continue the good work.
At the end of the ceremony, chair for the National Committee on Ageing, Maizie Barker-Welch, presented chairperson of the Centre, Tammy Bryan, with a cheque for $8,000, while another donor pledged $30,000 at a later date to assist with the running and upkeep of the facility. (LB)